photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: high-speed beauty!

white-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) / Wei├čschwanz-Tropikvogel

 

I loved watching these birds flying fast above the coasts of Seychelles. I’ve had the impression, they really love and enjoy flying. It’s already 11 years ­čś▓

Take care!

 

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: meeting the cranes

Full-frame, 400mm, f7.1, 1/30, ISO 3200

What a morning! Thousands of common cranes are standing in the shallow water about 200 meters away from me. I arrived at night and waited for sunrise. I was soooo lucky for the beautiful light. First, we got a soft pinkish sky Turing to gold later. After sunrise, peu-a-peu the big birds started into their daily routine and flying over me heading to the fields to collect seeds for breakfast and storing energy for the long and exhausting flight to the south. And how much noise!

It’s already 4 years ­čś▓

Take care!

 

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: Photokina time (not)

This is the time of the year when each second year Photokina was held. Last year I wrote about my expectation, Photokina might be dead. We will see if I was right.

I visited this fair a couple of times. I was the world-leading fair related to photography. Last year the fair was canceled because of the pandemic. This year would be supposed to be a non-Photokina year when following the original schedule. Besides, the organizers modified the schedule. Instead of a week each second year in September, the fair now is supposed to last only 3 days each May since 2019.

Take care!

 

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: it’s too early for fall!

It’s early September. So, in 2 weeks fall starts according to the calendar. In recent years, fall usually started not before October, in some years not before November. But, this year is different. Fall already started in early June. Nearly no fruits on the trees and bushes here in my region. The apple tree in our garden has severe problems: the apples and the lower leaves rot and mold on the tree. We got exactly 10 apples while 5 of them are to be thrown directly on the compost heap. According to a professional gardener, this is a result of the low temperatures and the high amount of humidity because of the frequent and heavy rains. The image below is taken a couple of years ago.

Yesterday, I read the EU published a report stating 2021 was the hottest summer ever (since the beginning of the weather recording). I can’t confirm and according to co-workers from northern France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the summer over there also didn’t deserve that name. ­čśŽ So, the summer in other parts of Europe (i.e. Poland and Finland according to other co-workers, Italy, Greece, and so on) must have been even hotter to balance the low temperatures in West-Europe.

 

Btw. the weather forecast proposed the next rain front starting from today and last at least until mid of next week. Fortunately, the last 5 days were kind of summerly.

Take care!

 

landscape, photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: Eos is rising

The Greeks called her Eos, the Romans called her Aurora. She was supposed to run ahead of the four stallions pulling the carriage of her brother Helios (Sol for the Romans) and announce him on his track over the sky. Their other sister, Selene (Luna for the Romans), is following the carriage as the last light of the day.

In this image, we have, besides the first light of the day, the first-morning fog, and the last stars in the sky. It’s taken literally between night and day.

Take care!

 

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, summer, travel, world

Monochrome Monday 7-35

I wish you a belated Happy New Year with this image taken in December 2009 a few kilometers away from my home. Since then, we didn’t have had that much snow again. Overnight about half a meter of snow felt and made us a white Christmas. But, the untouched snow in this image is in my opinion also a great symbol for a new year. Some of your plans might already throw a shadow and pop out of the plain, but most of what the future will bring is still covered by uncertainness.

So, start with me in a new year and see, what the future will bring.

Take care!